Be Nice (World Saving Tip #2)

Real Talk

“Courage, love, friendship,
compassion, and empathy
lift us above the simple beasts
and define humanity.”

– Dean Koontz, The Book of Counted Sorrows

In the heated political climate that exists today, it has never been more important to follow this tip.

Regardless of which side of the political spectrum your ideologies fall, you are the only one to blame for how you associate with other people.

Think about it for a moment…

How boring would this world be if we all agreed about every single little thing?

I am a firm believer that it is our differences that truly make this work. It is those differences that built roads, bridges, and skyscrapers. Those same differences also built cars, made it possible to soar through the skies, and journey beyond the boundary of our own planet. Were we to not have those differences, we would all still be living in the wilderness, perfectly satisfied with not trying to make this world any better.

In fact, if we weren’t different, there would be no reason for us to interact with one another at all.

The problem that exists today, however, is that we have forgotten how to simply be nice to one another. We have let those aforementioned political ideologies become the forefront of our daily lives, instead of remembering to “love thy neighbor”.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m not saying that you shouldn’t fight for your beliefs. You absolutely should. I’m just saying that there is a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it.

Lately, it seems as if the wrong way is all that people know anymore.

But we can change that…by being nice.

The Price Of Freedom

Real Talk

What would you do to protect your freedom?

Let me ask this in a more explicit way.

How far would you be willing to go to defend your liberty, and the liberty of those around you?

You see…one can always find someone talking about defending his/her freedom, but no one ever actually describes how far he/she would be willing to go. Do you know how far you would go? Would you die for it? Would you kill for it?

The men and women who participated in the founding of this great nation had to answer those very same questions for themselves. Their answers are obvious to us now. They were willing to die, and kill, for freedom.

We now live in an age where it is the “new normal” to tattle on your neighbor over something as trivial as wearing a mask. The petulance does not go unnoticed, however, as the snowflakes are whirling around all year long now. If people would save an ounce of the energy they spend on being in the business of others, and spend it on protecting their own liberty, we wouldn’t be in such a dark place as a nation. It is well past time to remember who we truly are.

We, as Americans, have a deep-seated libertas infused in our DNA. We are fortunate enough to only know freedom and liberty, often taking it for granted. So many in this great nation have no comprehension of the price of that freedom, or a willingness to stand tall to protect and nourish it.

My roots begin with the founding, and that patriotism runs deep. My ancestor, Adam House, knew the price, and at the age of 16, willingly fought for it. I’m a bit older than that, however, I am no less willing than he.

Are you?